A deep ruby red color graces the glass, with aromas and flavors of red mountain raspberries, black currants and black cherry. Evident oak spice with a touch of mocha leads to a plush, lingering wine with soft, medium-weight tannins. Rich, with layers of complex flavors, a bold statement that will evolve and continue to reveal nuances for years to come.
"100% Cabernet Franc showing plenty of forest floor, spice box, cedar wood and black and red currants. They all can be approached early on (3-4 years), but will age for 25+ years." - Robert Parker
Originally known as Tre Colline for its memorable undulating terrain, the 36-acre benchland vineyard was renamed in 2003 to honor Beringer’s long-time vineyard manager, Bob Steinhauer, who helped establish the reserve level vineyards across Napa Valley. At 1,800 feet elevation, southwest facing on Howell Mountain, just northeast of Angwin, Steinhauer Ranch features volcanic iron-rich soils notable for their rich red color, with a friable, loose texture. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc thrive in the sparse, infertile soil where cool mountain temperatures with high solar radiation above the fog line allow grapes to languish on the vine, developing bold tannins and distinctive notes.
After gentle crushing and destemming, juice and skins were sent to small fermenters for an extended cold soak maceration to allow rich color, complex flavors and silky, mid-weight tannins to be slowly developed and extracted. The Cabernet Franc is aged in 91% new French oak barrels with medium toast for 20 months prior to bottling, when the wine is allowed to rest for another nine months before release.